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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed economic turmoil, warning lights were already flashing about the challenges of achieving SDG 8: Sustainable economic growth and decent work for all.
Global growth was slowing and risks to workers across the world, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, were on the rise. 16 million people remained victims of modern slavery.
Now, as we reflect on the fifth anniversary of the SDGs, and with 10 years to go to achieve the 2030 agenda, hundreds of millions of jobs look set to be lost as the global economy contracts in the worst recession since the Great Depression.
It is not only a drop in the number of jobs that is concerning. This will inevitably be accompanied by a fall in the quality of employment.
Following the financial crisis in 2008, the number of people in low-paid in…